No Brazilian wedding is complete without the presence of ‘bem casados’, in English the name literally means ‘well married’. Guests cannot have enough of this treat. The concept is similar of macaroons or whoopee pies where two bite size sponges are sandwiched with a choice of filling. The most traditional flavour is dulce de leche ( also my favourite) but you will find them filled with lemon curd, chocolate ganache, jam etc. Today I want to share with you my family recipe, passed down generation, in celebration of my upcoming wedding.
Recipe for 25 Bem Casados.
3 medium eggs
3 medium egg yolks
pinch of salt
100 g of sugar
60g of plain flour
30g of corn flour
Pre heat your over to 180C/ Gas mark4. Line 2 baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
Fill your pan with water . Bare in mind that once that water simmer you will place a bow on top and the water should not touch the bowl. You don’t want to cook the eegs.
Whisk the eggs, eggs yolks, salt and sugar together in the electric mixer bowl until combined. Place the bowl over the simmering water until the mixture is lukewarm. Take it off the heat and whisk the mixture on high speed for 10 mins, until it is pale, thick and tripled in volume. Sift your flour and corn flour together in a separate bowl.
Once the egg mixture is ready add a third of the flour mixture, folding gently , tag add the other third and relate the process until all the flour is mix together without lumps.
Pipe the mixture either in circles or squares. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and leave it to cool down. Unlike macaroon you don’t need them to develop a crust before baking.
Once its cool, add the filling of your choice and glaze them.
Filling. I used ready bought dulce de leche. How about trying with this famous Brazilian treats ( Brigadeiro/ beijinho)
To make the glazing
Sugar Glazing: 240 g icing sugar, 80 ml warm water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt the sugar in the water, whisk the vanilla. Dip them on the glaze and let it run and transfer to a wire rack. Let it dry… it takes about an hour. Wrap them in cellophane paper before wrapping in fabric scraps or crepe paper. Complement with a hand tied ribbon bow.
Part of the fun is to match the wrapping with the theme of the wedding. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for mine so this batch been wrapped in blue & white. Something blue.. something borrowed..
Keep in an air tight container for 3 days. Happy baking!